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Hike Index
Cedar Mesa
  Grand Gulch
     Kane Gulch
         Junction Ruin
         Turkey Pen Ruin
     Toadie Canyon
     Sheiks Canyon
   Mule Canyon
     Cave Canyon Towers
     Mule Canyon Ruin
     N.Fork Mule
     S.Fork Mule
   Lime Canyon
   Road Canyon
     7 Kiva Ruin
     N. Fork Road
   Slickhorn Canyon
   John's Canyon
   Arch Canyon
   Walnut Knob

Comb Ridge
  Procession Panel
  Wolfman Panel
  Upper Butler Wash
    Butler Wash Ruin
    Ballroom Cave
    Target Ruin

Canyon of the Ancients
  Lowry Pueblo
  Ruin Canyon
  Montezuma Creek

San Juan River
  16 Room House
  Sand Island Panel

Canyonlands N.P.
  Island In The Sky District
     Aztec Butte

Hovenweep N.M.

Other Cool Places
  Little Westwater Ruin
  Moki Dugway
  Milk Ranch Point
  Whiskers Draw
  Moki Dugway

 
Camping Index
Camping in Anasazi Country
Anasazi Country Campgrounds
Selecting a Campsite
Selecting a Tent Site
Selecting a Tent
Sleeping Bags & Pads
The Camp Kitchen
Campfires
Water Supplies




Exploring Anasazi Country

   Anasazi - most people have never heard the word and, even among those who have, few have more than a little bit of fuzzy knowledge about these native Americans. For those who know more, the name Anasazi conjures up thoughts of wonder, mystery and adventure. If you have ever visited the magical canyon country of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona you know that it is a spectacular area of wildness. If you've spent any time hiking and exploring in this area or camping out under the star filled skies, you've probably been bitten by the Anasazi bug and find your thoughts drifting to Anasazi Country on a regular basis.
News & Updates
    October, 2011   While visiting Anasazi Country this past summer I revisited a number of sites that I have not been to in 6 - 10 years or longer. In almost every case I believed that the sites were significantly degraded from the last time I was there. In many places there is a noticeable decline in the number and type of pot shards.  In other places there seems that walls have fallen and that there are extensive signs of foot traffic in parts of ruins that should be viewed and not visited.
      This was a stark reminder to me of just how precious and vulnerable these sites are. It is the responsibility of each of us to do everything we can to make sure that our presence does nothing to deteriorate a site. Keep out of the structures, keep off the ruins and never take anything from a site. We all have to do our part to preserve these treasures.
     
     I've had the great fortune to spend enough time in Anasazi country to learn a little about it and I hope to share some of my love of this area with you. I hope this site will provide you inspiration to visit the ruins, cliff dwellings, wild canyons and incredible vistas of the four corners region.

    On this site I will post information about visiting some of the trails, ruins, parks, canyons and other wild places that offer opportunities to discover more about the Anasazis who once populated this region in numbers greater than we inhabit the area today. One of the big dilemmas of anyone who writes about special places is finding a balance between giving information about great places to visit and making it too easy for people to find the dwellings, ruins, pictographs and other treasures that exist. Since I believe that part of the satisfaction of visiting these sites comes from the adventure of discovery, for the most part I will not provide precise and specific information about how to find individual sites. Rather, I will try to give you everything you need to find these sites on your own.

Sunset on Cedar Mesa Sunset on Cedar Mesa 

     There are a number of excellent books available that provide a wealth of  information about hiking and camping in Canyon country. I never visit Anasazi country without taking a few guide books with me and I strongly encourage you to invest in a couple of titles. I guarantee that the investment will pay big dividends in terms of your trip satisfaction. I have put together my honest views about some of the these books so if you want to know what I recommend be sure to visit my Book Reviews

      Visiting the Anasazi country of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona is an amazing experience and I hope this site will inspire you to learn more and visit yourself.
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